Roxanne Smart

A memorial to Roxanne Smart who was killed in Chevak, August 27th 2014.

A memorial to Roxanne Smart who was killed in Chevak, August 27th 2014. Photo by Daysha Eaton.

The community of Chevak in Southwest Alaska has been breathing a collective sigh of relief after the arrest of a man in July for the murder of Roxanne Smart. The 19-year-old was found stabbed to death in the middle of town last August. But  it was a tough year for the tight-knit Cup’ik community as they waited for law enforcement to make an arrest.

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Roxanne Smart. Photo Courtesy of Justice For Roxanne Smart.

Roxanne Smart. Photo Courtesy of Justice For Roxanne Smart.

UPDATE – 7/26 11:15 a.m.: Alaska State Troopers say a Chevak man has admitted to killing Roxanne Smart last summer. The announcement was made Saturday through an online dispatch that they had arrested 20-year-old Samuel Atchak, of Chevak. Megan Peters, a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers says investigators were waiting on lab results.

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